|Birth: ||Dec. 18, 1762|
|Death: ||Dec. 22, 1846|
Information from F.A.G. Member #47192880:
DUNN, ALEXANDER. Revolutionary Pension File #R3142
(Transcribed by Lynda Schoonover from Photocopy sent to her by the National Archives - Copyrighted by Lynda Schoonover 2003)
State of Georgia
County of Monroe.
On this ninth day of September eighteen hundred and thirty four again appeared in open court, and sitting before the Honorable Christopher B. Strong, Judge of the Superior Court in and for the County aforesaid, the same Alexander Dunn who appeared in this court and made his declaration on the twenty third day of October eighteen hundred and thirty two in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of congress passed June 7, 1832. And the said Alexander Dunn being again duly sworn according to law doth make the following additional declaration on oath for the purpose of obtaining the benefit of the Act of Congress above mentioned. That in the first mentioned tour in his declaration of October 1832, declaratant served out the entire tour or three months for which he was drafted into service, the officers and incidents of that tour of service are mentioned as well as remembered in the first application made by claimant; In the next tour mentioned in claimants first application above referred to he also served out the full term of three months or which he had volunteered; and as already stated in his first application he was not discharged until a month and ten or twelve days after his turn of three months had expired; and he would here add further that during the months and ten or twelve days (ten at least) he remained in the army after his regular term of service had expired, he was regularly and continually engaged in active service and subject to the command of his officers and did duty in he same manner as before the expiration of the three months for which the he volunteered; After entering the service as stated in May 1780 (the particular time in that month claimant is now unable to state) he served as mentioned in his first application except that he was in mistaken as to the time of his being discharged, which in his first application is put in May 1782; he is now satisfied that he was mistaken as to the time of his discharged, which was some months earlier than mention in his first declaration; claimant was in the service under the command of Captain Hampton and Colonel Porter and McDowell when the news of the capture of Cornwallis was received.
After the capture of Cornwallis his news was received (claimant thinks after the expiration of a month from the capture) that a cessation of army was agreed upon and claimant was discharged which claimant now feels well satisfied took place not earlier than the first of December 1781: Claimant can safely state that during this last mentioned term of service he was in constant service for at least eighteen months: After being discharged as above mentioned he returned to his home in Rutherford County North Carolina and in the month of May 1782 was again drafted for a three months tour of duty against the Cherokee Indians, he entered this service under the command of Captain John Watson at a Block House erected near the head of Green River In North Carolina: During the time of this companies being in service Robert Porter was the Colonel William Porter lieutenant Colonel and Patrick Watson Major in commanded of the Militia of Rutherford County but there were during the time no officers in active in service except those belonging to the company commanded by Captain Watson and stationed as mentioned above on Green River, the place where the block house stood was called Mumford Cove. After serving out his term of three mouths, claimant was discharged and shortly thereafter moved to Georgia where he was engaged in repeated short tours and scouts but now that he thinks it worthwhile here to [sic] recapitulate, Claimant states that during the whole time mentioned by him in his different tours he was engaged in actual service and was not employed in any civil pursuit.
Claimant has done his utmost to give a faithful and true account of his services and feels well satisfied that as it now stands corrected his declaration contains no material error: he cannot swear more positively that he has done to the precise terms of his service and has been careful at Least not to exceed in any instance his actual service rendered -- by reason of advanced age his memory is indistinct as to many particulars; but according to the best of his recollection he served not less than the period mentioned below and in the Following grade: For two years three months and ten days I served a private soldier.
In not answering the seventh interrogatory prescribed by the War Department in his first application claimant had no desire to evade a compliance with the rules of the department; at the time his declaration was preparing he was uncertain who of his neighbors might find it convenient to attend court and feeling satisfied that any of those who knew him would willingly testify in his favor he answered generally---he now [sic] have to refer to the names of the Rev. Robb. McGinty and Mr. Britton Rogers of persons by whom compliant is able to pertain[sic] his [sic] for certainty[sic] and his being a soldier of the revolution.
Sworn to and subscribed in open court this day and year of our [aid].
Christopher B. Strong for Judge of Sup. Court.
I, Elbridge G. Cabaniss [sic], Clerk of the Superior Court of Monroe County do hereby certify that the above and foregoing contains the original proceedings of said court in the matter of the application of Alexander Dunn for a pension: The testimony I have hereunto set my hand and seal of office this 9th day of September 1834.
Re: Alexander Dunn, Revolutionaty War Soldier, File #R3142. National Archives (Transcribed by L. Sehoonover from Photocopy sent to her by the National Archives.Copyrighted by Lynda Schoonover 2003.)
State of Georgia
County of Monroe.
On this twenty third day of October Eighteen hundred thirty two personally appeared in open court before the Honorable Christopher Strong Judge of the Superior Court for the County of Monroe which said court is now sitting, Alexander Dunn a resident of the said County of Monroe aged sixty nine years and two months who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath, make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7, 1832.
That he entered the service of the United States the month of April, 1779, and was drafted for three months tour of service, in Rutherford County, North Carolina, he was mustered into service under Captain William Porter. The company marched to and was stationed in Mumford’s Cove at Archibold’s Grants. This company was called into service to guard against the [sic] of the Cherokee Indians who had committed repeated [deputations].
In that neighborhood. This Company was comprised of forty seven [sic] officers and was divided into two divisions of twenty men each and [sic] about, performed the following service. One half of the company left the fort (which was called Fort Grant) on Monday morning and marched to Point [_ock] on French Broad. Then to the mouth of Muddy Creek, then to the head of Muddy Creek, then across the mountain to Green River and up the river to the Fort and when this service was performed by half the Company over with, the other half performed it the week following and this routine of service was regularly kept up to the end of the three months when Claimant was discharged..
After claimant returned home from the above mentioned tour of service he volunteered, on he 15th day of November 1779, for three months tour of service to go on to Charlotte against the British, and was ordered to meet at Charlotte in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina on the first day of December following which claimant did and joined the army at that place under General Alexander Sillington. The company in which claimant volunteered and to which he belonged, was commanded by Captain Robed Gilley; after the troops had rendezvoused, at Charlotte, they marched to Charleston in South Carolina. Some time after the arrival of the troops at Charleston, General Lincoln arrived there and took command. While at Charleston there were fifty men drafted from the regiment to which claimant belonged, and put on board the 36 gun ship called Brickcole, claimant was one among the number drafted, the ship was commanded by Commodore Davis and under him Captain Peacock, both officers of the American Navy: Whilst on board this ship claimant says the Brit ships made an attack on Fort Moultrie and the fort on Sullivan’s Island. but as well as claimant remembers, the British ships did not enter the harbor whilst he remained at Charleston, but the American Ships came into the harbors and the guns were taken off the ships and mounted on the wharf to defend the town. This [dismantling] of the ships took place about the first of April 1780 and a few days after which claimant was discharged and returned through many difficulties to his home in
Rutherford County; Claimant was not discharged until a month and ten or twelve days after his term of service had expired. After claimant returned home from the last mentioned term of service he found times so troublesome from the marauding parties of Tories (and part Whigs, too) killing and murdering on all hands, that he found it impossible to remain at home in any degree of safetv, and in the month of May l78O joined, as a volunteer, a troop of Cavalry commanded by Captain Addin Hampton, and joined the troops raised at that time from the two counties of Rutherford and Burke which were commanded by Colonel Robert Porter and Charles MacDowell. They were both Colonels but claimant is unable to say which of them was the first in command, these troops were stationed for a month at Colonel Balor Earle’s in the upper part of South Carolina, near the South Carolina line. Whilst stationed at Earle’s the detachment was joined by General Elijah Clark, and Colonels Dunn and Alexander with about fifty horsemen from Georgia. On the same night after the arrival of General Clark and the others the whole were attacked by a detachment of British and Tories from Ferguson’s Army whilst [sic] at Prince Fort; The British and Tories were repelled with considerable losses in killed and wounded; The American detachment also suffered. Claimants brother, Andrew Dunn. Lieutenant in the company to which claimant belonged, was killed there. A colonel [Cones] who had joined the detachment from Burke or Lincoln County but not in command as an officer was also among the slain. —After the above mentioned engagement and defeat of the British and Tories Colonel Ferguson of the British Army came out in pursuit of the Americans who being far inferior to him in point of members, retreated before him into Rutherford and Burkes Counties; In the each mentioned county, Captain Hampton with his company of Calvary separated from Colonel Porter and McDowell, and marched across the mountains into Tennessee; in the days after Hampton and his Cavalry arrived in Tennessee a force of two thousand men was raised by Colonels Campbell and Shelby; after the raising of this force they were joined by Captain Hampton and his cavalry who returned with them again across the mountains and found a junction? with Colonel [Cleveland] and the force under his command in Burke County. The British now retreated and were pursued by the Americans to Kings Mountain in South Carolina. There the battle of Kings Mountain took place on the 17Th September 1780; claimant was engaged in this battle from beginning to end; the Americans remained in this battle ground three days after the battle and then marched to Colonel Walker in Rutherford County where [ruin] of the principal Tories were hanged on account of murders and other [sic] committed by them. The Army remained at Walker’s about ten days, and the Tennesseans were discharged and returned to their homes. The British prisoners were sent on to Charleston to be exchanged and Captain Hampton with his Calvary and claimant among them, marched to a place called Gilbert Town in Rutherford County to guard [sic] against the Indians and Tories, and continued at Gilbert Town and that neighborhood until the first of May 1782 when the company was disbanded and the claimant discharged. While stationed at Gilbert Town Captain Hampton’s company took a block house occupied by Tories on the head of Parkaulett [sic] River and took from them thirty Negroes and a large amount of other property which had been robbed from the American citizens.
The above is the best the claimant can give of his service- Claimant was born, as been informed and fully believes on the 18th day of December 1762. He has a sword which was made by his father; it is now in his possession, he has already stated where he lived when called into the service, after the war he moved to Georgia in December 1784[sic] and lived in Columbia County and was there one year. From there he as lived for different lengths of time in the Counties Hancock, Putnam, Jones and Monroe, in which last county he now lives, and has lived there for [sic] years back; he received one discharge from Captain Porter. another after his service expired at Charleston which was signed by the adjutant of the regiment but claimant does not remember his name. Claimant also received another discharge from Captain Hampton which discharge was written by Abel Lewis the orderly Sergeant of the Company. Claimant has not seen either of those discharges for many years and he is unable to say where they are or what has become of them, He does not know of any one by whom he can prove his service, but trusts that any of them who are acquainted with him will testify to his character for [certainty] [sic] and who to their belief of his being a soldier of the revolution.
He hereby relinquishes every claim what ever to a pension or annuity, except the present, and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state.
Sworn to and subscribed this day and year aforesaid.
- C. B. Strong
- Alexander Dunn
Created by: Churchwell
Record added: Feb 12, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33770694
Honoring Captain Alexander Dunn, one of the Heroes who fought at the Battle of Kings Mountain|
Vonnie L Cantrell
Added: Jan. 29, 2015
Added: Aug. 10, 2011